City Awarded Additional Road Funding

City Awarded Additional Road Funding

Above: Evans Street was one of the first streets in The City of Shelbyville to be funded through the Community Crossing Initiative. The re-construction of this street improved traffic and pedestrian safety by widening the driving lanes and installing a sidewalk along the street. The image above shows the street while it was under construction in 2018. Source: City of Shelbyville

Left: Ribbon Cutting for Evans Street Reconstruction Project in 2018. This project was funded through the Community Crossings Initiative. Shown (from left to right) Matt House, City Engineer; David Finkle, Board of Works Member; Michael Crider, State Senator; Trent Meltzer, City Attorney; Derrick Byers, MS4 Director; Jean Leising, State Senator; Sean Eberhart, State Representative; Travis Atwood, Atwood Construction; Mayor Thomas DeBaun; Rick Witcliff, City Street Department. Source: John Walker/Shelbyville News

Governor Holcomb and INDOT Award “Community Crossings” Funds To City of Shelbyville For More Street Improvements

Earlier this week, Shelbyville was awarded another $1 Million in road funding through the state’s “Community Crossings” program. These funds will help to further accelerate efforts to improve the road networks in Shelbyville, funding an additional 48 resurfacing projects, a 2-block reconstruction project, and another 2 blocks of partial road reconstruction for the next year. Since the “Community Crossings” program was established in 2017, the City has been awarded $3 Million dollars in additional road funding, which has completed much-needed maintenance and repair work on numerous local roads.

Mayor Thomas DeBaun was quoted saying, “We appreciate the efforts undertaken by the state general assembly, INDOT, and Governor Holcomb to make more funding available to local communities so that we can re-invest in our infrastructure. Investing in preventative maintenance in our roads today means that our infrastructure lasts longer and performs better over its lifespan.”

In 2019 and 2020, over 60 projects will be completed due to the Community Crossings Initiative funding made available through the State of Indiana. A map showing all of these project locations has been made available.

“The Community Crossings Program has allowed us to make numerous large investments in infrastructure in Shelbyville for the last few years. Over 60 road projects are being funded in 2019 and 2020, a task that would not have been possible before,” City Engineer Matt House said. “The grant program, along with an increase in local funding from the City Council, has allowed us to more than triple the amount of work yearly that we were doing prior to 2017.”

Below is the press release from Governor Eric Holcomb’s office announcing all of the communities that were awarded funding through the Community Crossings Initiative:

Governor Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation award $115 million through Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative

Community Crossings LogoINDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness today announced 189 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined $115 million in state-matching funds for local road projects through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.

“Indiana’s fully-funded, long-term Next Level Roads plan means cities, towns, and counties are improving their roads and bridges at levels unmatched in our state’s history,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Community Crossings projects are crucial to first mile and last mile solutions that companies need when evaluating Indiana to locate their business or expand to create additional jobs.”

CC 2019 1 MapThe Community Crossings Initiative has provided more than $500 million in state matching funds for construction projects. The latest round garnered 229 applications—making the call for projects highly competitive. In response to local requests to help manage project flow, INDOT now accepts applications in both January and July, with a $1 million cap annually per community. An estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply during the 2019 summer call for projects.

“Local leaders are improving the conditions of local roads and bridges all across the state with funding from the Community Crossings Initiative,” said McGuinness. “The partnership model with the state sharing in the cost of local projects means Hoosier taxpayers receive great value as communities deliver needed projects.”

To qualify for funding, local governments must provide local matching funds, 50 percent for larger communities or 25 percent for smaller communities, from a funding source approved for road and bridge construction. They must also submit an INDOT-approved asset management plan for maintaining existing roads and bridges. State law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. State lawmakers identified long-term funding for Community Crossings as part of House Enrolled Act 1002, passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Holcomb in April 2017.

The list of all communities receiving matching funds in the 2019 winter call for projects is online at

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